Population: 582,291 (2015)
Capital: Luxembourg City
Official languages: Luxembourgish, German, French
Major religion: Christianity (Roman Catholicism)
IFES movement: FCSA Luxembourg
Luxembourg is a small, wealthy and landlocked country in Western Europe. It is the world's second largest investment fund centre (after the United States) and the most important private banking centre in the Eurozone. Nevertheless it has one of the highest suicide rates and there is a lot of drug abuse.
Luxembourg has been a traditional Roman Catholic country for a long time. There was no reformation there at all, but a very strong Catholic counter-reformation. For this reason, most people would categorise Protestant churches as cults. A great shift is currently occurring in Luxembourg, where people don't see a need for church.
Evangelical churches are mostly very small, and most of the Christians attending are immigrants. There are French-, German-, English-, and Portuguese-speaking churches, but only one Luxembourgish-speaking church so far. The relationships among the churches have greatly improved over the past years.
Luxembourg is in a pioneering stage. Many years after nationals reached out to IFES for help, we have now sent in a team of two to help pioneer a national movement. They are currently connecting with local churches, and they established contact with a small group of Christian students who are developing into an active fellowship, enthusiastic about outreach.
The team consist of one long-term Team Leader and a one-year team member. One more long-term staff and team members for next year are needed!
Luxembourg has one public university placed on three campuses. The university has a large number of international students.
For the team as they try to establish a national movement, and for Luxembourgers to get on board.
For the small group of Christian students, for motivation to reach out, for the start of Seeker Bible Discussion groups (Uncover).
For one more long-term staff worker and for team-members for next year.
That the first translation of the New Testament into Luxembourgish will be read by national students. It is scheduled to be published during the fall of 2017.